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Would You Ever Ticket Your Police Commissioner?

Would You Ever Ticket Your Police Commissioner?

New Haven Register via YellowBrix

April 21, 2011

EAST HAVEN — Officer Dennis Spaulding has a knack for turning up in the middle of things — this time ticketing a police commissioner Tuesday moments after the commissioner left the police station.

Police board member Joseph Civitello confirmed Tuesday night that Spaulding issued him an infraction for driving without a front marker plate.

“He gave me a ticket,” Civitello said of Spaulding.

“Evidently, over the winter my front marker plate became dislodged and was missing,” said Civitello.

Civitello said he was leaving the police station on North High Street Tuesday afternoon — driving behind acting Chief of Police Gaetano “Guy” Nappi, and with two police cruisers behind Civitello. Nappi turned right; Civitello and at least one of the cruisers turned left.

When Civitello got over the bridge that carries High Street over Interstate 95, the cruiser behind him flashed its lights and pulled him over.

Neither Nappi nor Deputy Chief John Mannion could be reached for comment.

Civitello, asked whether he thought the police officer was just doing his job, said, “I’m not going to talk about it. It’s just what it is. It’s whatever people want to read into it.”

The ticket is an infraction and Civitello must either pay it by April 29 or take it to court. He said he didn’t have the ticket handy, and wasn’t sure how much the fine might be. The state statute governing infractions lists the fine for failure to display a marker plate at $117.

Spaulding was one of the two police officers involved in the controversial incident on Feb. 19, 2009, in which the Rev.

James Manship, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in New Haven, was arrested after he videotaped police at My Country Store, a Latino-owned market on Main Street. The incident sparked a U.S. Justice Department investigation.


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    RnG78

    over 3 years ago

    104 Comments

    My kind of guy.

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6820 Comments

    Don't know about the commissioner, but I did ticket the Boro Administrator...does that count?

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    In my day.............. this guy is ia idget, imho.

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    Dewrah

    over 3 years ago

    270 Comments

    Not gonna comment as to right or wrong, but I would probably put some truck nutz on his locker the next day; this dude had to have some brass ones.

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    Buster10

    over 3 years ago

    258 Comments

    No we are NOT getting the full story here, At best a warning would suffice here from officer friendly, LOl

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    BUMP TO THE BUMP OF CPD82 ENOUGH SAID

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    The stop itself is suspect enough. But issuing a ticket is downright nasty.. Kiss your career good-bye laddie!

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    EMT2008B

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    +1 to CPD82's comment. Agreed.

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    CPD82

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    granted everyone has to follow the law but there is a little thing called discretion. it may have been smart to use it here.

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    ac314stl

    over 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    GREAT job, I would of done the same thing. Why shouldn't he get a ticket, because, he's a commissioner, BULLSHIT. He has to follow the rules just like everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Woody911

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    This kind of ticket is usually a probable cause to stop a car. If the subject has insurance, a D/L, and isn't 10-99 then the most I would ever give is a warning ticket. If the subject is a real jerk and questions my authority, manhood, intentions, etc. it may warrant a ticket. I prefer to get the warrants, suspendeds, and no insurance people as opposed to irritating the public with compliance tickets. Yes, Cops do get breaks 99.9% of the time, Firefighters about 99%.

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    thestugots01

    over 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    Stopping a commissioner is a good chance to have a good police contact and make your department look good. Discretion is our best friend.

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    alex11991

    over 3 years ago

    1978 Comments

    lol......Geeeeeeeeeeez!

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    latinrum

    over 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    It is sad that people who should have your 6 are jumping on your back instead. There is enough hate towards LEO’s already no need to hate on each other.

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    FWPD_SF

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Southern phrase comes to mind "you don't sh*t where you eat"

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